A few months ago in May, Kanye West sent shock waves through the internet with a bold statement: The enslavement of black Americans was a choice by the slaves themselves.
"When you hear about slavery for 400 years... for 400 years? That sounds like a choice," the American rapper said to TMZ during an incendiary video that later went viral and invoked angry responses across the internet.
In the same video, the rapper praised President Donald Trump and later released a song re-doubling his support for Trump. Later, West tried to defend his comments, saying he "brought up the 400 years point because we can't be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years" and to clarify, "of course, I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will." The video and entire event were highly controversial.
Now, many months later, West comes back out, this time on a Chicago radio show, to defend his comments.
TMZ reports West was on 107.5 WGCI Morning Show with Leon Rogers, Kendra G, and Kyle in Chicago, saying that TMZ did not give him space to fully explain his perspective.
The rapper went on the Chicago radio show and said not that "slavery was a choice" but that "400 years... it sounds like a choice... to me..."